February 17, Mary Williams will serve as dean of the College of Health and
Human Services. Williams has served in the role of interim dean since
February 16, 2016.
decision has been made following extensive consultation with university
leadership and leadership within the College of Health and Human Services,” said
IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland. “Dr.
Williams has provided excellent leadership during her time as interim dean, and
we appreciate her continued commitment to the college and to the university.”
will continue in the role of dean through June 2019. A national search will be
held to identify her successor.
the IUP community in 1981 as a faculty member in the Department of Nursing and
Allied Health Professions, a role she held until 2011.
As a faculty
member in the department, she served in many leadership positions, including department chair. In 1998, she was appointed director of Liberal Studies
and initiated and shepherded to completion a revision to the university’s
Liberal Studies program. She served in the role of director for 11 years. In
2002–03, she was recognized with the IUP Distinguished Faculty Award for
Service. Since 2011, she has served in various roles in the dean’s office as
dean’s associate for Academic Affairs that included functioning as the academic
standards officer and responsible for all student and curriculum issues, and associate
dean responsible for curriculum and external partnerships.
She has served
on many university-wide committees and has demonstrated leadership in key
committees over the years. She was an active participant in the 2013 grant project,
Academic Initiatives for Student Retention and Success: Developing an Academic
Support Team, funded by the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund, and also
co-authored a mini-grant for Assessment of Writing Across the Curriculum.
community work has involved securing grants that have contributed to health
access for uninsured children in rural communities and serving the needs of
women with unexpected pregnancies.
She is the
author of a number of publications and has been an invited presenter at local,
state, national, and international conferences.
Prior to her
employment at IUP, Williams was a registered nurse at Indiana Hospital
where she functioned as a staff nurse, head nurse, and nursing supervisor. She
earned a diploma in nursing from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, a BS in nursing
from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in nursing from
University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in nursing science from Case Western